"must haves" classic textbooks? So, what are the must have books for a physics person?... I mean what would be the PERFECT collection of classic physics textbooks? If you can chose a set of physics books on your bookshelf, what would the ones that you absolutely need to have? I know that Goldstein's classical mechanics is a must... so, let's name a couple others on some other fields, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics, relativity... you name it. edit: so let me compile a list: Introductory Physics: The Feynman Lectures on Physics (Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands) Thermal Physics: An Introduction to Thermal Physics (by by Daniel V. Schroeder) Classical Mechanics: Classical Mechanics (by Herbert Goldstein, Charles P. Poole, John L. Safko) Fluid Mechanics Fluid Mechanics (by L.D. Landau , E.M. Lifschitz) Electrodynamics: Introduction to Electrodynamics (by David J. Griffiths) Special Relativity: Spacetime Physics (by Edwin F. Taylor, John Archibald Wheeler) Quantum Mechanics: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (by David J. Griffiths) Modern Quantum Mechanics (by J. J. Sakurai) Solid State Physics: Introduction to Solid State Physics (by Charles Kittel) so, anything about fluid dynamics, astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, statistical physics?